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Australian Chamber Orchestra

ACO Haydn Mozart

Haydn Symphonies 49 and 104
Mozart Symphony No. 25
 
Australian Chamber Orchestra – Richard Tognetti
 
 
 
Franz Joseph Haydn is an artist so great that somebody stole his brain. Literally. 
 
 
 
Shortly after his death his grave was robbed by phrenologists, who studied Haydn’s skull and found that “the bump of music” on his skull was “fully developed”, clearly proving that Haydn was destined for genius from birth. 
 
 
 
Yet in the centuries since his death, Haydn has been gradually demoted to the second tier of classical music’s giants – below Mozart, Beethoven and Bach – something that mystifies Richard Tognetti. 
 
 
 
“Why don’t we obsess about Haydn as much as we do Mozart and Beethoven?” he asks. “After all, Haydn is the inventive pioneer, if not the father, of the symphony and the quartet. His music is full of wit, and the capacity for inventive creation knows no bounds. His depth of spirit and ingenuity, and breadth of impact, have forged a musical DNA that runs through Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, Bruckner and beyond.” 
 
 
 
On their latest album, the Australian Chamber Orchestra presents a passionate and forceful defence of Papa Haydn. 
 
 
 
The album opens with Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 in F minor ‘La passione’ of 1768 (one of only ten of Haydn’s symphonies written in in a minor key), which surely serves as inspiration for Mozart’s famous Symphony No. 25 in G minor (one of only two minor-key Mozart symphonies). The album then finishes with Haydn’s ‘London’ Symphony, No. 104, his final and finest symphony: a review of the premiere described a symphony “which for fullness, richness, and majesty, in all its parts, is thought by some of the best judges to surpass all his other compositions.”
 
 
 
Captured live in concert, these recordings showcase the ACO’s trademark energy and virtuosity – concerts described as “a model of style, linear and harmonic clarity and finely graded tone” (The West Australian), with “some wonderful string playing” (The Australian). 
 
 
 
Since its establishment in November 1975, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has become one of the world’s most daring and exciting ensembles, renowned globally for its inspired programming, unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality, showcased through an extensive and ongoing program of international touring and recordings for many of the world’s top labels. 
 
 
 
TRACKLISTING
 
 
 
JOSEPH HAYDN 1732–1809
Symphony No. 49 in F minor ‘La passione’ 
 
1 I. Adagio 
 
2 II. Allegro di molto 
 
3 III. Menuet and Trio 
 
4 IV. Finale: Presto 
 
 
 
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–1791
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, KV183 
 
5 I. Allegro con brio 
 
6 II. Andante 
 
7 III. Menuetto and Trio 
 
8 IV. Allegro 
 
 
 
JOSEPH HAYDN
 
Symphony No. 104 in D major ‘London’ 
 
9 I. Adagio – Allegro 
 
10 II. Andante 
 
11 III. Menuet and Trio: Allegro 
 
12 IV. Finale: Spiritoso 
 
 
 
Australian Chamber Orchestra
 
Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin
 
Recorded live in concert in City Recital Hall, Sydney.
Release
The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)